Public Meetings and Request for Comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement Regarding the Makah Tribe's Request To Hunt Eastern North Pacific Gray Whales, 14912-14913 [2015-06432]

Download as PDF 14912 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 54 / Friday, March 20, 2015 / Notices Dated: March 17, 2015. Logan Gregory, Acting Director, Office of Law Enforcement, National Marine Fisheries Service. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [FR Doc. 2015–06433 Filed 3–19–15; 8:45 am] [Docket No. 150114039–5245–02] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P RIN 0648–XD719 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Higher Initial Maximum Uniform Allowance Rate; Uniform Allowances National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: The NMFS Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) publishes this notice to announce that it is establishing a higher initial maximum uniform allowance to procure and issue uniform items for its uniformed enforcement officers (EOs). Current OPM regulations allow an agency to establish one or more initial maximum uniform allowance rates greater than the government-wide maximum uniform allowance rate. OLE increases the current annual limit for NMFS EOs in order to maintain the uniform standards and professional image expected of its EOs under its new uniform standards. DATES: The new uniform allowance is implemented as of April 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Everett Baxter, 301–427–8272. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS is implementing a higher initial maximum uniform allowance to procure and furnish uniform items for its enforcement officers (EOs). The current $800.00 annual limit is inadequate to maintain the uniform standards and professional image expected of NMFS EOs under its new uniform standards. In addition, OLE now has a new uniform policy requiring five classes of uniforms. In the past, EOs only had two classes of uniforms. As a result of these two factors, OLE increases the initial maximum uniform allowance for EOs from $800 to $2,000. OLE published a notice with a request for comments in the Federal Register on January 30, 2015 (80 FR 5091) inviting public comments on this planned action. The comment period ended on March 2, 2015. No comments were received. Therefore, NMFS is proceeding with establishing the higher initial maximum uniform allowance rate for its EOs. The effective date of this new uniform allowance is April 1, 2015. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5903; E.O. 12748, 56 FR 4521, 3 CFR 1991 Comp., p. 316. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:14 Mar 19, 2015 Jkt 235001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC021 Public Meetings and Request for Comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement Regarding the Makah Tribe’s Request To Hunt Eastern North Pacific Gray Whales National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: We are issuing this notice to advise the public that NMFS has prepared a new Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in response to the Makah Tribe’s request that NMFS waive the take moratorium of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to allow for treaty right hunting of eastern North Pacific (ENP) gray whales in usual and accustomed grounds off the coast of Washington State. We are requesting written comments on the DEIS and announcing the dates and locations of two public meetings regarding the DEIS. DATES: Two public meetings will be held as follows: (1) April 27, 2015, Seattle, Washington; and (2) April 29, 2015, Port Angeles, Washington. Specific times and locations for each of these meetings are included in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written or electronic comments on the DEIS from all interested parties are encouraged and must be received no later than 5 p.m. PDT on June 11, 2015. All comments and material received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2012–0104, by any of the following methods: Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov. —OR— Email: Submit electronic public comments via the following NMFS SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 email site: makah2015deis.wcr@ noaa.gov. —OR— Mail: Submit written comments to: Steve Stone, NMFS West Coast Region, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Stone, NMFS Northwest Region, (503) 231–2317 or Shannon Bettridge, NMFS Office of Protected Resources, (301) 427–8402. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEIS is available in electronic form on the Internet at the following address: http://www.westcoast.fisheries .noaa.gov/protected_species/marine_ mammals/cetaceans/whale_hunt.html. The DEIS also may be viewed at various libraries identified at this Internet address or at the following NMFS offices: (1) NMFS Protected Resources Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Contact Steve Stone at 503–231–2317; and (2) NMFS, Protected Resources Division, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115–6349. Contact Leah Mattox at 206–526– 6150. In addition, copies of the DEIS are available on CD by contacting Steve Stone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Meeting Information The public will have the opportunity to provide written and oral comments on the DEIS at two public meetings. Dates, times, and addresses for the public meetings are as follows: (1) April 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., NOAA Western Regional Center, Building 9 (Kelly C. Sandy III Auditorium), 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115; and (2) April 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Vern Burton Memorial Community Center, 308 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA. E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 54 / Friday, March 20, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background Access to Government Building On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of NMFS’ DEIS concerning the Makah Indian Tribe’s February 2005 request to resume limited hunting of ENP gray whales in the coastal portion of the Tribe’s usual and accustomed fishing grounds, off the coast of Washington State, for ceremonial and subsistence purposes. Informed by information received during public scoping, this DEIS contains updates and a new set of alternatives compared to a previous DEIS released on May 9, 2008 (73 FR 26394) and later terminated on May 21, 2012 (77 FR 29967). The Tribe’s proposed action stems from the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay, which expressly secures the Makah Tribe’s right to hunt whales. To exercise that right, the Tribe is seeking authorization from NMFS under the MMPA and the Whaling Convention Act. The release of this new DEIS is one of several steps NMFS will undertake to evaluate the Tribe’s request. The DEIS, prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, considers various alternatives to the Tribe’s proposed action. To develop the full range of action alternatives—five in total—we considered the principal components associated with a hunt, including: The time when whale hunting would occur; the area where whale hunting would occur; the annual and six-year limits on the number of whales harvested, struck, and struck and lost; cessation of whale hunting if a predetermined number of identified whales (i.e., included in a photographic catalog of whales from the Pacific Coast Feeding Group area) were harvested; and the method of hunting. This DEIS addresses a number of resources identified for review during both internal and public scoping, including: Water quality, marine habitat and species, eastern and western North Pacific gray whales, other wildlife species, economics, environmental justice, social environment, cultural resources, ceremonial and subsistence resources, noise, aesthetics, transportation, public services, public safety, and human health. The DEIS provides an important opportunity for the public to formally comment on the Tribe’s proposal and the various alternatives. These comments, in conjunction with considerations described in the DEIS, will provide key information to assist NMFS with its final decision on the Tribe’s request. For access to the Federal government building in Seattle, Washington, the Department of Commerce Western Region Security Office has advised that all attendees must have valid government-issued identification (e.g., driver’s license, tribal identification card, or passport). Prospective attendees for the public meeting in the NOAA Auditorium in Seattle, Washington should submit their first and last names and affiliation, if appropriate, via the NMFS email site (See ADDRESSES) by 4 p.m. PDT on April 26, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:14 Mar 19, 2015 Jkt 235001 14913 Reasonable Accommodation Register (79 FR 56057, 09–18–2014) and the application has been processed pursuant to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations; and, Whereas, the Board adopts the findings and recommendations of the examiner’s report, and finds that the requirements of the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations are satisfied; Now, therefore, the Board hereby orders: The application to reorganize FTZ 186 under the ASF is approved, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations, including Section 400.13, and to the Board’s standard 2,000-acre activation limit for the zone. Persons needing reasonable accommodations to attend and participate in the public meetings should contact Steve Stone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). To allow sufficient time to process requests, please call at least 5 business days prior to the relevant meeting(s). Signed at Washington, DC, this March 12, 2015. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance, Alternate Chairman, Foreign-Trade Zones Board. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. Dated: March 17, 2015. Perry F. Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–06462 Filed 3–19–15; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2015–06432 Filed 3–19–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BILLING CODE 3510–22–P National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RIN 0648–XD830 Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Order No. 1966] Reorganization of Foreign-Trade Zone 186 Under Alternative Site Framework; Waterville, Maine Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Seismic Surveys in Cook Inlet, Alaska AGENCY: Pursuant to its authority under the ForeignTrade Zones Act of June 18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), the ForeignTrade Zones Board (the Board) adopts the following Order: Whereas, the Board adopted the alternative site framework (ASF) (15 CFR Sec. 400.2(c)) as an option for the establishment or reorganization of zones; Whereas, the City of Waterville, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 186, submitted an application to the Board (FTZ Docket B–65–2014, docketed 09– 11–2014) for authority to reorganize under the ASF with a service area of the Counties of Lincoln, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox and Somerset (partial), Maine, within and adjacent to the Belfast Customs and Border Protection port of entry, and FTZ 186’s existing Site 1 would be categorized as a magnet site; Whereas, notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments. NMFS has received a request from SAExploration Inc. (SAE) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a proposed oil and gas exploration seismic survey program in Cook Inlet, Alaska between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to SAE to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, during the specified activity. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than April 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Supervisor, Incidental Take Program, Permits and Conservation SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC021


Public Meetings and Request for Comments on a Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement Regarding the Makah Tribe's Request To Hunt Eastern 
North Pacific Gray Whales

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are issuing this notice to advise the public that NMFS has 
prepared a new Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in response 
to the Makah Tribe's request that NMFS waive the take moratorium of the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to allow for treaty right hunting 
of eastern North Pacific (ENP) gray whales in usual and accustomed 
grounds off the coast of Washington State. We are requesting written 
comments on the DEIS and announcing the dates and locations of two 
public meetings regarding the DEIS.

DATES: Two public meetings will be held as follows:
    (1) April 27, 2015, Seattle, Washington; and
    (2) April 29, 2015, Port Angeles, Washington.
    Specific times and locations for each of these meetings are 
included in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Written or electronic comments on the DEIS from all interested 
parties are encouraged and must be received no later than 5 p.m. PDT on 
June 11, 2015. All comments and material received, including names and 
addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be 
released to the public.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0104, 
by any of the following methods:
    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

--OR--

    Email: Submit electronic public comments via the following NMFS 
email site: makah2015deis.wcr@noaa.gov.

--OR--

    Mail: Submit written comments to: Steve Stone, NMFS West Coast 
Region, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232.
    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record 
and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without 
change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, 
address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly 
accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information.
    NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required 
fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to 
electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF 
file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Stone, NMFS Northwest Region, 
(503) 231-2317 or Shannon Bettridge, NMFS Office of Protected 
Resources, (301) 427-8402.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEIS is available in electronic form on 
the Internet at the following address: http://www.westcoast.fisheries 
.noaa.gov/protected_species/marine_mammals/cetaceans/whale_hunt.html. 
The DEIS also may be viewed at various libraries identified at this 
Internet address or at the following NMFS offices:
    (1) NMFS Protected Resources Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 
1100, Portland, OR 97232. Contact Steve Stone at 503-231-2317; and
    (2) NMFS, Protected Resources Division, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., 
Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115-6349. Contact Leah Mattox at 206-526- 
6150.

In addition, copies of the DEIS are available on CD by contacting Steve 
Stone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Meeting Information

    The public will have the opportunity to provide written and oral 
comments on the DEIS at two public meetings. Dates, times, and 
addresses for the public meetings are as follows:
    (1) April 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., NOAA Western Regional 
Center, Building 9 (Kelly C. Sandy III Auditorium), 7600 Sand Point Way 
NE., Seattle, WA 98115; and
    (2) April 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Vern Burton Memorial 
Community Center, 308 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA.

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Background

    On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
announced the availability of NMFS' DEIS concerning the Makah Indian 
Tribe's February 2005 request to resume limited hunting of ENP gray 
whales in the coastal portion of the Tribe's usual and accustomed 
fishing grounds, off the coast of Washington State, for ceremonial and 
subsistence purposes. Informed by information received during public 
scoping, this DEIS contains updates and a new set of alternatives 
compared to a previous DEIS released on May 9, 2008 (73 FR 26394) and 
later terminated on May 21, 2012 (77 FR 29967). The Tribe's proposed 
action stems from the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay, which expressly secures 
the Makah Tribe's right to hunt whales. To exercise that right, the 
Tribe is seeking authorization from NMFS under the MMPA and the Whaling 
Convention Act. The release of this new DEIS is one of several steps 
NMFS will undertake to evaluate the Tribe's request.
    The DEIS, prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy 
Act, considers various alternatives to the Tribe's proposed action. To 
develop the full range of action alternatives--five in total--we 
considered the principal components associated with a hunt, including: 
The time when whale hunting would occur; the area where whale hunting 
would occur; the annual and six-year limits on the number of whales 
harvested, struck, and struck and lost; cessation of whale hunting if a 
predetermined number of identified whales (i.e., included in a 
photographic catalog of whales from the Pacific Coast Feeding Group 
area) were harvested; and the method of hunting. This DEIS addresses a 
number of resources identified for review during both internal and 
public scoping, including: Water quality, marine habitat and species, 
eastern and western North Pacific gray whales, other wildlife species, 
economics, environmental justice, social environment, cultural 
resources, ceremonial and subsistence resources, noise, aesthetics, 
transportation, public services, public safety, and human health.
    The DEIS provides an important opportunity for the public to 
formally comment on the Tribe's proposal and the various alternatives. 
These comments, in conjunction with considerations described in the 
DEIS, will provide key information to assist NMFS with its final 
decision on the Tribe's request.

Access to Government Building

    For access to the Federal government building in Seattle, 
Washington, the Department of Commerce Western Region Security Office 
has advised that all attendees must have valid government-issued 
identification (e.g., driver's license, tribal identification card, or 
passport). Prospective attendees for the public meeting in the NOAA 
Auditorium in Seattle, Washington should submit their first and last 
names and affiliation, if appropriate, via the NMFS email site (See 
ADDRESSES) by 4 p.m. PDT on April 26, 2015.

Reasonable Accommodation

    Persons needing reasonable accommodations to attend and participate 
in the public meetings should contact Steve Stone (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT). To allow sufficient time to process requests, 
please call at least 5 business days prior to the relevant meeting(s).

    Dated: March 17, 2015.
Perry F. Gayaldo,
Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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